This show is part of our Solo Artist Series from 2 – 6 August, celebrating solo talent from the worlds of music, comedy, poetry, mind-reading, ventriloquism and more.
After being chained to an upright piano in Battersea for a year, London’s favourite improvising pianist finally emerges squinting into the bright lights of Piccadilly Circus and the dazzling glamour of Crazy Coqs.
2019 had gone so well: starting in Antarctica and going on to boast establishment gigs that involved playing the national anthem reggae-style to the sovereign in Sandringham, slightly less establishment for Extinction Rebellion hammering out Rhapsody in Blue in a tailcoat under Marble Arch and engagements as far-flung as Ho Chi Minh, Buenos Aires, Barcelona and Newbury.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that 2020’s incarceration might have stunted the creativity of ‘this phenomenal talent’ (Stephen Fry). But the globe-trotting artist who has bought people and penguins to their feet in seven continents migrated online and invited the world to his lounge with shows for Grange Park Opera, the world’s largest production music company Audio Network and South African big cat charity ‘Born Free’and amongst others.
During the enforced domesticity Harry also broadcast a daily musical distress signal in a three hundred strong series called Lockdown Blues, described by Classic FM as ‘miraculous creativity’ and by the Times as ‘astonishing…regularly made me cry’. He is now bursting back with a year’s pent up enthusiasm to take your requests for ‘any tune in any style’. Line of Duty as a tango? Thriller à la Mozart? Corrie as a Bond theme? The choice, my beautiful unlocked audience, is yours!
‘Spellbinding. Uncanny. Genius.’ (Times. Independent. Guardian.)
Lauded by Classic FM as ‘one of the world’s great improvisors’, Harry’s extraordinary talent has taken him worldwide with solo cabaret shows in the Albert Hall London, the Moulin Rouge Paris, Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and the Manasterly Palace Cairo amongst dozens of others. He has given private audiences to HM the Queen at Sandringham and Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace as well as headlining at festivals worldwide from Barbados to Adelaide and launching the QM2 on her maiden voyage along with Dame Shirley Bassey.
Pianist and band-leader on Channel 4’s Big Breakfast TV show for five years, he went on to be musical director on primetime BBC TV shows for three years and is currently a regular on ‘The Now Show’ on Radio 4, ‘Friday Night is Music Night’ on Radio 2 and the go-to improvisor for ‘In Tune’ and many other shows on Radio 3 where presenter Iain Burnside said ‘You can’t be a pianist and not be a fan’.
His ability to play any tune in any style on request has led to over 3 million hits on youtube and appearances with everyone from David Bowie to Rod Stewart and Andrea Bocelli to Alfie Boe. He is currently musical director for Alexander Armstrong, running his nine piece band and undertaking all the writing and arrangements for three sellout UK tours and a huge ITV Christmas special at the end of 2018.
‘His phenomenal talent,charm and wit are a delight’ said Stephen Fry.
‘What fun it must be to be able to play the piano like that, I wish I could do it.’ added H.R.H. Prince Charles.